The Belgian Heritage Center announces the grand opening of its historical exhibits is Oct. 8, 10 am – 4 pm. These exhibits tell the settlement story of the thousands of Belgians who came to Northeastern Wisconsin in the mid-1800s. They represent the culmination of two years of planning, research and fundraising on the part of the Belgian Heritage Center volunteers. The interpretive displays were created by local historians assisted by professional exhibit design teams from Balance Studios in Green Bay as well as Split Rock Studios in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 10 am by Board President Bill Chaudoir. There will be two featured speakers during the day. At 11 am, Barb (Englebert) Chisholm will speak about the Great Fire of 1871 that swept through the Belgian community exactly 145 years ago on Oct. 8. At 12:30 pm, Professor Kelly Biers of UW-Eau Claire will hold a presentation on the Walloon Language Preservation Project. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Following the grand opening, the Belgian Heritage Center will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and by appointment.
The Belgian Heritage Center is located at 1255 County Road DK, Brussels (on the curve in Namur near the historical markers). For more information visit belgianheritagecenter.org.